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Discovering Functional Needs

(4 customer reviews)


Discovering Functional Needs

(4 customer reviews)


Update 2021: This item is now included in the comprehensive Activity Studio+


The Discovering Functional Needs Packet describes non-standardized assessment ideas that are efficient for use in a variety of settings and time constraints, all with the goal of understanding how you can use speech therapy to improve activity / participation and real life needs.

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What's Included?

This 10-page download is organized by setting for an efficient, systematic approach to complete non-standardized testing as part of a best practice to understand functional needs for adults. It includes:

  • Examples for acute care, inpatient rehab, subacute rehab / long-term care, home setting, work setting, and student functional needs
  • Functional Need Interview Checklists, organized by setting
  • Contextual Observation Prompts, organized by setting so you can actually observe certain activities if desired, in 1 minute or less.
  • Ideas for Assessment Flow
  • Examples for “Putting It All Together” 


4 reviews for Discovering Functional Needs

  1. Kate (verified owner)

    Sarah does it again with another amazing resource! I just purchased this and am already able to put this resource into action. As an outpatient SLP it provides me a great, flexible outline to conduct my person-centered assessment in a way that is thorough yet efficient. Her checklist of prompts/potential observations helps me obtain understanding of strengths and challenges in a patient’s daily life, work-life, student-life. It also helps me generate other ideas as well. I found the assessment flow to be helpful in keeping me organized and on track during an assessment and I like that she provides specific dialogue I can use or tweak to make sure I am person-centered the moment I greet the patient I am assessing. I can see this resource following me to any setting I work in whether it’s outpatient, acute, inpatient rehab, etc.

  2. Suzanne

    I love the idea of this kind of non-standardized assessment as it is so functional and is thus, more meaningful for residents. The leading questions are nice to “get the ball rolling“ in conversation .

  3. Jessica (verified owner)

    I have been a huge fan of Sarah’s products for some time now. She is so passionate about creating materials to help clinician’s achieve functional outcomes with their patients. I use her materials on a weekly basis. This new packet doesn’t disappoint – I absolutely love the guidance in determining functional needs for my patients. I work in inpatient rehab and this needs assessment has been extremely valuable during my evaluation process. I also re-visit the assessment during the weekly update period to ensure we are hitting my patient’s personalized and individualized goals. This is a must have in your therapist toolbox!

    • Sarah Baar

      Absolutely wonderful to hear, Jessica. Keep up the good work!

  4. Nathania Braum (verified owner)

    I am huge fan of all of Sara’s products and resources. I use her resources on a daily basis to treat and evaluate home health clients. Sara’s functional needs assessment provides an efficient way to discover a client’s functional needs and goals to ensure therapy will be meaningful and person-centered. My clients are especially thrilled to know that they will be given the communication/language supports they need to relearn a functional skill they once had (i. e answering phones, texting, grocery shopping). Sara’s non-standardized assessment is a must have tool to show our clients we deeply care about their ability to function in the home/community and not only on impairment-based scores.

    • Sarah Baar

      Yes Nathania! I am so happy to hear this is how you approach the clients we treat… it’s so important! They are so much more than a test score!

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Functional Assessment + Goals Bundle


Person-centered care is a must going forward: We need to show how our speech therapy is improving participation and making a real life impact. The Functional Assessment + Goals Bundle will make sure you start off on the right foot from Day 1 to shape your practice in a way that meets functional needs.

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